Frozen Cannoli Bark is a fun take on the popular frozen yogurt bark, but uses ricotta cheese instead! This recipe uses all of the cannoli flavors you love and is great to have on hand for the warmer months.

Frozen Cannoli Bark pieces on a white plate with a checkered napkin in the background.

One bite of this delicious Frozen Cannoli Bark and you’ll be hooked! This treat is simple to make and full cannoli flavors like chocolate chips, pistachios, and orange. It’s sure to be your new favorite warm weather treat!

If you love all things cannoli, don’t miss my Cannoli Baked French Toast, Cannoli Pound Cake, or Cannoli Cookies.

You’ll Love Frozen Cannoli Bark!

If you are looking for a refreshing and fun take on a traditional recipe, you have to give this Frozen Cannoli Bark a try.

This recipe was inspired by the frozen yogurt bark trend but features a base of frozen ricotta instead. Here, the ricotta gets mixed with powdered sugar, orange zest, chocolate chips, pistachios, and cinnamon to give it all of the cannoli flavors you love.

To add crunch and sweetness of the cannoli shells, the bark gets topped with pieces of sugar cone. This adds the perfect finish and really gives it that cannoli flavor and feel.

Frozen Cannoli Bark on a plate with a checkered napkin in the background.

This is a great recipe to make ahead and have to snack on during the week. I like to have it on hand for the perfect little sweet bite, especially when it’s hot outside.

Frozen Cannoli Bark is a simple, fun, delicious take on the classic cannolis you love. Be sure to give this recipe a try!

Ingredients

ingredients needed to make recipe including ricotta cheese, orange, powdered sugar, pistachios, chocolate chips, and sugar cones.
  • Ricotta Cheese: ricotta cheese is a necessary component for cannoli. Here, I recommend using the whole milk ricotta cheese. Also, I prefer the BelGioioso Ricotta con latte version which is much smoother than other ricotta cheeses.
  • Powdered Sugar: just like making cannolis, you need to sweeten up the ricotta with a bit of powdered sugar.
  • Orange Zest: the orange zest is completely optional and based on preference. Feel free to add as little or as much as you’d like.
  • Cinnamon: I like a little bit of cinnamon flavor in my cannolis. This is completely optional.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: the chocolate adds that necessary flavor component to this recipe. You can use regular-sized chips instead.
  • Pistachios: use shelled lightly salted pistachios here. Crush them up in a zip top bag before adding to recipe.
  • Sugar Cones: the sugar cones mimic the flavors of cannoli shells in this Frozen Cannoli Bark. I like to break them up and sprinkle them on the ricotta mixture before freezing. Waffle cones or actually cannoli shells work here too!

How to Make Frozen Cannoli Bark

This recipe for Frozen Cannoli Bark is so simple to make and great for the summer months. Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

process shots showing how to make recipe including spreading the ricotta and topping with mini chocolate chips, pistachios, and sugar cone pieces.

Step 1: mix the ricotta

In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and cinnamon and orange zest (if using). Use a handheld mixer to mix together ingredients until smooth.

Alternatively, you can just stir the ingredients together if you like more texture in your cannoli.

Step 2: add in mix ins

Next, add in the mini chocolate chips and crushed pistachios. Save a few for sprinkling on top of the bark. Stir until well combined.

Step 3: spread onto parchment

Spread the cannoli bark mixture on to the prepared pan. Use a spatula to smooth.

Step 4: add on toppings

Lastly, add on pieces of broken sugar cone. I also like to top mine with a bit more mini chocolate chips and crushed pistachios.

sheet tray lined with parchment and frozen cannoli bark on it.

Place in the freezer and freeze for at least an hour. Once the Frozen Cannoli Bark is ready, break into large chunks and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer.

Recipe Tips

  • Ricotta: use a good quality whole milk ricotta for this recipe. If you prefer a smooth ricotta, you will need to either mix it in the food processor or use a handheld mixer to beat together the ingredients. Otherwise, this recipe can be made by just stirring together the ingredients.
  • Orange Zest and Cinnamon: the orange zest and cinnamon are optional add ins and can be omitted depending on your cannoli preferences.
  • Sugar Cone: add the sugar cone to the top of the Frozen Cannoli Bark rather than mixing it in with the other ingredients. This will prevent it from getting soggy. You can use waffle cone, graham crackers or broken cannoli shells instead.
  • Freezing Time: this bark will freeze and be ready to enjoy in about an hour depending on your freezer. You will know it is ready when you can pick it up off the parchment and break into pieces.
  • Storage: this is one treat you’ll need to store in the freezer immediately. I like to keep mine in an airtight container so that ice crystals don’t form.
hand holding a piece of frozen cannoli bark.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Frozen Cannoli Bark?

Frozen Cannoli Bark is a take on the popular frozen yogurt bark, but uses ricotta cheese and adds cannoli flavors like orange zest, mini chocolate chips, pistachios, and cinnamon.

Can you use ricotta cheese to make frozen bark?

Ricotta cheese is a great way to make frozen bark. Be sure to use whole milk ricotta cheese so you don’t get so many ice crystals. Also, use a smooth ricotta or you can blend the ricotta in a food processor or using a handheld mixer to get desired consistency.

stack of pieces of frozen cannoli bark on a white plate with a checkered napkin in the background.

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Frozen Cannoli Bark recipe.

Frozen Cannoli Bark

Frozen Cannoli Bark is a fun take on the classic frozen yogurt bark but with all of the cannoli flavors you love!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 239kcal

Equipment

  • sheet pan lined with parchment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ricotta cheese (ricotta con latte if you can find it)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 small orange, zested (about one teaspoon of zest)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios, crushed
  • 2 sugar cones, broken into pieces

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a bowl, use a handheld mixer to whisk together the ricotta, powdered sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon. Beat until the ricotta is smooth; about a minute. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the mini chocolate chips and pistachios.
  • Smooth the ricotta mixture on the prepared sheet pan. Top with pieces of broken sugar cone and more chocolate chips and pistachios (optional). Place in freezer for an hour.
  • Break bark into large pieces and serve immediately. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer.

Notes

    • Ricotta: use a good quality whole milk ricotta for this recipe. If you prefer a smooth ricotta, you will need to either mix it in the food processor or use a handheld mixer to beat together the ingredients. Otherwise, this recipe can be made by just stirring together the ingredients.
    • Orange Zest and Cinnamon: the orange zest and cinnamon are optional add ins and can be omitted depending on your cannoli preferences.
    • Sugar Cone: add the sugar cone to the top of the Frozen Cannoli Bark rather than mixing it in with the other ingredients. This will prevent it from getting soggy. You can use waffle cone, graham crackers or broken cannoli shells instead.
    • Freezing Time: this bark will freeze and be ready to enjoy in about an hour depending on your freezer. You will know it is ready when you can pick it up off the parchment and break into pieces.
    • Storage: this is one treat you’ll need to store in the freezer immediately. I like to keep mine in an airtight container so that ice crystals don’t form.

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this unique spin on the classic cannoli! It’s super easy to make and perfect for the summer time. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    This frozen cannoli bark is a stroke of genius! It’s such a creative way to enjoy the flavors of a traditional cannoli in a refreshing frozen form.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m blown away by this frozen cannoli bark! The fact that it’s a frozen dessert makes it perfect for those hot summer days when you want something cool and indulgent.

  4. 5 stars
    The combination of creamy ricotta, chocolate chips, and crunchy pistachios sounds like a match made in dessert heaven. I can’t wait to try this recipe

  5. 5 stars
    Oh yum! Such a fantastic idea for bark. The flavors sound absolutely incredible, especially with the ricotta cheese and mini chocolate chips.